The New Dick Van Dyke Show

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The New Dick Van Dyke Show
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Van Dyke as Dick Preston and Dick Van Patten as Max Mathias, 1973.
Created by Carl Reiner
Starring Dick Van Dyke
Hope Lange
Fannie Flagg
Nancy Dussault
David Doyle
Dick Van Patten
Barry Gordon
Henry Darrow
Richard Dawson
Chita Rivera
Barbara Rush
Composer(s) Jack Elliott
Allyn Ferguson
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes72 (list of episodes)
Running time30 minutes per episode
Production company(s)Cave Creek Enterprises
DistributorBaron Enterprises
Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Original network CBS
Original releaseSeptember 18, 1971 
March 18, 1974
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Marty Brill
Guest star Edward Andrews and Dick Van Dyke (1973) Edward Andrews Dick Van Dyke New Dick Van Dyke Show 1973.JPG
Guest star Edward Andrews and Dick Van Dyke (1973)

The New Dick Van Dyke Show is an American sitcom starring Dick Van Dyke that aired on CBS from 1971 to 1974. It was Van Dyke's first return to series television since The Dick Van Dyke Show .

A sitcom, clipping for situational comedy, is a genre of comedy centered on a fixed set of characters who carry over from episode to episode. Sitcoms can be contrasted with sketch comedy, where a troupe may use new characters in each sketch, and stand-up comedy, where a comedian tells jokes and stories to an audience. Sitcoms originated in radio, but today are found mostly on television as one of its dominant narrative forms. This form can also include mockumentaries.

Dick Van Dyke American actor

Richard Wayne Van Dyke is an American actor, comedian, singer, and dancer, whose entertainment career has spanned seven decades.

CBS American broadcast television network

CBS is an American English language commercial broadcast television and radio network that is a flagship property of CBS Corporation. The company is headquartered at the CBS Building in New York City with major production facilities and operations in New York City and Los Angeles.



CBS was so eager to have Dick Van Dyke return to their network that they signed him to a three-year contract. Van Dyke was living in Cave Creek, Arizona, at the time and did not want to move back to Hollywood, so the network agreed to film the show at Southwestern Studio on Stage 1 in nearby Carefree, Arizona. [1] Dick Van Dyke Show creator Carl Reiner wrote and directed numerous episodes, also serving as creative consultant.

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Fannie Flagg American actress, comedian and author

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Van Dyke starred as Dick Preston, a local television talk show host at KXIV-TV in Phoenix, Arizona (the KXIV call sign actually belonged to a Phoenix radio station that Van Dyke co-owned). Like Van Dyke's previous series, this show divided its time between Dick's job in television and his home life with his wife and child. The show featured Hope Lange as his wife, Jenny; Arizona native Angela Powell as their daughter, Annie; Fannie Flagg as his sister, Mike; David Doyle as his boss, Ted; and Marty Brill and Nancy Dussault as the Prestons' friends, Bernie and Carol Davis. The Prestons also had a son, Lucas (played by Michael Shea seasons 1–2; Wendell Burton season 3), who was away at college and seen occasionally. [1]

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Broadcast history and Nielsen ratings

SeasonTime slot (ET)RankRating
1971–72 Saturday at 9:00 pm1822.2
1972–73 Sunday at 9:00 pmS 2 #55 15.5 rating

S 3 #40 18.2 rating

1973–74 Monday at 9:30 pm

The show's Nielsen ratings were good during the first season. The show had a timeslot in CBS's highly rated Saturday night lineup which included All in the Family , Funny Face and The Mary Tyler Moore Show , [2] which starred Van Dyke's former co-star. The ratings, however, were much lower than the shows surrounding it. In its second season, the show was moved to the network's low-rated Sunday night lineup and the ratings plummeted. [2] CBS wanted to cancel the show but they had Van Dyke under a three-year contract, so the network decided to retool the show.

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The final season

For the third season, the setting and production of the show moved to Hollywood. Dick and his family move there after he lands a role in a soap opera called Those Who Care in which he played Dr. Brad Fairmont. New cast members included Dick Van Patten as the show's producer, Barry Gordon as the show's writer, Henry Darrow as the stage manager, Barbara Rush as the show's star, and Richard Dawson and Chita Rivera as the Prestons' neighbors. In the fall of 1973, the beginning of its third year, CBS gave the series another time slot, this time on Monday nights at 9:30 P.M. immediately following Here's Lucy starring Lucille Ball. The network felt that Ball's series would provide a strong lead-in for The New Dick Van Dyke Show.

A soap opera is an ongoing drama serial on television or radio, featuring the lives of many characters and their emotional relationships. The term soap opera originated from radio dramas being sponsored by soap manufacturers.

Dick Van Patten American actor

Richard Vincent Van Patten was an American actor, businessman, and animal welfare advocate, whose career spans seven decades of television. He was best known for his role as patriarch Tom Bradford on the ABC television comedy-drama Eight Is Enough.

Barry Gordon American actor and television producer,

Barry Gordon is an American film, television and voice actor, and political talk show host and producer. He was the longest-serving president of the Screen Actors Guild, having served from 1988 to 1995.

An episode produced for the third season, "Lt. Preston of the 4th Cavalry," included an off-camera scene in which Annie, Dick and Jenny's daughter, walked in on her parents having sex. CBS refused to air the episode, claiming it was incompatible with Van Dyke's family-friendly image. This so incensed Carl Reiner that he refused to continue on the show beyond the third season, citing the network's hypocrisy. Notably, CBS at this time was allowing a number of other shows, such as All in the Family , which featured Reiner's son, Rob, to deal openly with much more controversial topics. Reiner promised never to work in television, particularly CBS, again. [3]

Although the show's ratings improved, Van Dyke did not enjoy working away from his home and did not want to continue the show without Reiner. After the third season, he chose not to renew his contract and moved back to Arizona.



The show was rarely run in syndication, though various local stations aired it occasionally in the 1970s. In the early 1990s, reruns aired briefly on TNT. In 2002, the Christmas episode "The Jailbird" aired as part of TVLand's traditional classic Christmas show marathon. In 2004, the show aired on GoodLife TV Network. The reruns included the previously unaired episode "Lt. Preston of the 4th Cavalry".

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  2. 1 2 Brooks, Tim; Earl Marsh (2003). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows . Ballantine Books. ISBN   0-345-45542-8.
  3. In 1976, Reiner returned as star of the popular but short-lived ABC sitcom, Good Heavens ; in 1981, Reiner appeared in an episode of CBS's Walt Disney and the CBS TV-movie drama, Skokie .